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Christmas Cutouts Recipe

Christmas Cutouts Recipe

Making and decorating these tender sugar cookies left a lasting impression on our four children. Now that they're grown, they've all asked for my recipe so they can bake them with their own children.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:42 servings


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons 2% milk
  • Liquid or paste food coloring and assorted sprinkles, optional


  • 1. Cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and cream of tartar; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Shape into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until firm enough to roll, 2-3 hours.
  • 2. Preheat oven to 375°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with floured 2-in. cookie cutters. Place on ungreased baking sheets.
  • 3. Bake until edges begin to brown, 7-8 minutes. Remove from pan to wire racks; cool completely.
  • 4. For frosting, beat confectioners' sugar, butter, vanilla and enough milk to reach desired consistency; tint with food coloring if desired. Spread over cookies. Decorate as desired. Yield: about 3-1/2 dozen

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 134 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 74mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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annie1992 User ID: 2246916 46756
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2010

"I baked these and the grandkids decorated them, I rolled them thickly and didn't bake too long so they stayed soft. The combination of vanilla and almond extracts gave them a nice flavor. the dough was a bit tender for the kids to handle but they sure tasted good."

sherrywilson959901 User ID: 3930974 24682
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2010

"Delicious, delicate, buttery flavor - really good cookie!"

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